After reporting on a cancer patient who struggled to afford treatment, a Seattle-based TV station worked with a charity that buys and forgives medical debt, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maryland, Missouri, and Washington.
During House and Senate committee hearings, HHS Secretary Alex Azar indicated a willingness to revisit existing regulations regarding physician-owned hospitals and outlined his priorities for the department, including transitioning toward value-based payment models, reducing prescription drug costs, and expanding coverage for telehealth services.
Jeffrey Shuren, director of FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health, says, "A blood test to aid in concussion evaluation is an important tool for the American public and for our servicemembers abroad who need access to quick and accurate tests."
Following a deadly mass shooting that occurred Wednesday at a Florida high school, three Browad Health System hospitals used their training for mass casualty events to treat both the victims and alleged perpetrator.
"Trust, in each other and in American institutions, is vital for our social and economic well-being," but research shows trust in the health care industry has been declining for decades—and "the most tangible and immediate damage may be to public health and safety," Dhruv Khullar writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."